Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Birthday Giveaway and Sale


It's my birthday! And since birthdays call for celebration, I'm having a little giveaway—and a sale, too.

First, the sale: Today only in my Ravelry store, use the coupon code BIRTHDAY to get 30% off individual patterns (ebooks excluded). This will be my last sale in a while, so it's a great opportunity to stock up. You can use the code as often as you like. The sale ends at midnight EST tonight. (Unfortunately, due to new EU VAT regulations, this promotion is not available to EU customers.)


Second, the giveaway: Since garnet is the birthstone for January, I'm giving away this beautiful skein of Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors II yarn—400 yards of fingering weight merino—in the Shields of Garnet colorway.


I'm also giving away a project bag that I made using natural linen and cotton fabrics. It's the perfect size for small to medium projects like shawls, scarves, hats, or socks. (The needles are not part of the giveaway—they're just props.)



There are two ways to enter: 1) Leave a comment on this post telling one thing you like about January. To me, January is one of the dreariest months of the year, so it helps to be reminded of the positive things about it. 2) If you haven't already, join the Blue Peninsula group on Ravelry. Do both to increase your chances of winning!

On Friday, I'll use a random number generator to draw one name from among the blog comments for one of the prizes, and one name from among the Blue Peninsula group members (everybody, new and old) for the other prize. If you're leaving a comment, please mention your Ravelry username or another way to contact you.

Good luck—and thank you for stopping by!


72 comments:

PatchworkRose said...

Happy Birthday :-) As it is my Birthday tomorrow I can totally relate to what makes January a good month. You get to treat yourself :-) you get spoilt by your family and there is of course the birthday tea and cake! what more could a girl want Hope you have a great day.

Sonia / Cozy Memories said...

Happy birthday dear Bonnie !!! Another friend of mine has her birthday today, and she's a knitter too ! What fun !
This giveaway is very generous of you, but I won't participating since I'm no knitter. I'll leave my chance to others :)
oxox

Brenda said...

Oooo...I think I'm the first to comment! I love January because there is always snow in January and I love snow. Also, my first born has a birthday in January, too...the 22nd. She'll be 21 this year. When did THAT happen?! Happy Birthday to you, Bonnie and thanks for the contest and pattern discount.

Michelle said...

Why I love January:

First daughter was born on the 10th.

Snow Days!! Like a mini vacation!!

Stay inside and knit days!! Put something on the stove and play with yarn all.day.long!!

Happy Birthday!!

Virginia Sattler-Reimer said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! I hope it's a fantastic year for you, full of creativity, health, wealth and lots of laughs!
My favorite thing about January is the sense of a fresh start. Putting away Holiday clutter- space clearing. Thinking of new goals- beginners mind. Starting new projects- new opportunities. It all seems more significant in Jan, fresh starts. And the citrus fruit is pretty great too. :)
I am Ginni on Rav.

lisa said...

Happy Birthday! I, too, am a January baby. The best thing I can say about January (other than that it has the prettiest birthstone) is that by the end of the month, the days are MUCH longer and lighter than they were at the beginning of the month! Thanks for sharing your birthday with us.

Kendra said...

Happy birthday! Love your designs (and bought the Couplet pattern as I've been eyeing the socks for a couple weeks)
I love January because the holidays are over and I can play catch up with the WIPs I had to abandon in my procrastination-based panic last month :)

ravelry: OrigamiMoon

Katie Emma said...

Happy Birthday! What a nice giveaway. My boyfriend's birthday is in January so we always go out for a nice dinner and I bake him the dessert of his choice. I always look forward to it! [katieemma on Rav]

Anonymous said...

A very Happy Birthday! I like January b/c I still feel like knitting cool weather items and knowing I can finish a few before warm weather sets in

Lacylamb said...

Happy Birthday. I love January because it is the beginning of a new year. I love Jan 13 because it is my birthday also. Garnet is such a deep, rich, red color. I hope to win a pattern or better yet, the yarn.
Rav: serenity

Erica Smith said...

I forgot to add that my Rav Id is Chibi-Monster

Peggy said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!! I love January because even though winter is in full swing, I think the month has a freshness to it that says in a few months, Spring will be coming!
Rav: 1maineknitwit

Linda said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite thing about January is being able to go skiing.
Lmecoll on Ravelry

Julie said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! I hope you have a wonderful year.

My favorite thing about January here in the Pacific Northwest is that we often will get a break from the rain, rain, rain of December. Instead, we get clear, cold days with blue skies and sunshine. Also, toward the end of the month, we start to see crocuses poking through the ground.

I'm jchant on Ravelry.

Sara said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! My favorite thing about January is selfish knitting! I love making projects for gifting, but it is fun to make something for myself again! Have a wonderful day!
xoxo, Sara
(slamichane)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! What I like about January is that the days start getting longer!
I'm wildwoolly on Ravelry

drjayjr said...

Happy Birthday. I like January because it's my b'day month, too. And the lovely cold temps are perfect for doing knitting.

Roopali said...

Happy Birthday month! One of my favorite things about January - in addition to the days getting longer - is the quality of the sunlight is very bright and clean feeling. It is like it is sparkling with the new year!

Carmen N said...

I like January because some of my favorite people have birthdays this month - including my husband and sister. It also means that the days are getting longer and I can look forward to an end to winter :)

Judy said...

Dad's birthday was the third, husband's is the fourth, daughter's is the sixth! This is a month of "Happy!" In our family. Happy Birthday to you, too, Bonnie!

~ Dixie said...

January: Clear and cold with the sun slanting through the windows, firing the prisms with the promise of spring...
Happy Birthday! Enjoy...

Tina W said...

Happy Birthday! My brother's birthday is also in January. I love the cold and snow of January. I love the excuse to stay inside and be cozy and knit! Have a cozy, happy day! I am TinerW on Ravelry.

Wisconsin gal said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! My cousin's birthday is today as well and I just got done wishing her a happy day as well.

Overall, I don't mind January. The days get longer, a little more daylight every day. I figure we are nearing the upswing that we have passed the halfway mark of winter. Today as I write this, it is gently snowing outside. Quiet. Still. Pretty.

Love your designs, Bonnie. Continued health, happiness and happy creating to you!

Jody said...

Have a wonderful happy birthday! I love the fact that the days start getting noticeably longer in January. (My Ravelry name is jodyherriott.)

Teri Kepner said...

Happy Birthday! The best thing I like about January is the possibility of snow! I love to knit while watching the snow fall, with a cup of hot chocolate close by!

Rose said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie. I love January because it is my birthday month also and who doesn't love to get spoiled by family and friends. I also love January because it is time for big pots of stew and homemade soups to warm your innards.

Have a totally delightful day.

sisterrobinson on rav.

Diane said...

Happy Birthday....I'm a January baby too....I love the garnet color yarn - January is my relaxing knitting time...no rush to finish up for Christmas...Thanks for the discount too! Diane

Melissa ~ twoknitwit said...

happy birthday, Bonnie! I love January ~ after the mad holiday rush between Thanksgiving and New Year it seems like such a peaceful downtime to relax and reflect and renew.

Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!
Melissa

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday! January can be freary but I love those sunny days when there is snow on the ground and everything seems to glisten. I also use it as a new beginning - no resolutions but try to focus on one thing to change for the better. This year is read more, knit more and stay away from the Ipad:)

Sara said...

Happy, happy birthday! My favorite things about January? Knitting with the yarn I got for Christmas and snow days (as long as Hubby's office has to close).

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a lovely day. :)

January is nice because after New Year's there aren't any BIG holidays and you can rest and rejuvenate. Also, we're enough past solstice that you can actually tell that the days are getting longer again & we're getting more light. --MissNations on Rav

Julie P. said...

Happiest of birthday wishes. :)
Since January is the start of the new year, I'm always reminded of babies. I love January also because of SNOW! Being a fellow winter baby (February) I love snow at all times. :)

littlelunaa on rav.

Nancy said...

Happy birthday, I hope you have a great day. I love January, holidays are over so I can take a deep breath and recharge. The weather has changed. It's snowing! Bundling up in a handmade blanket in front of a fire and knitting is one of my favorite things. Plus, it's the month of my youngest son's birthday which is always a reason to love January.

Nancy
Knitswithdoxies

teabird said...

Happy birthday! I love January projects - cowls, hats, mitts - because I can knit for 3 days and have something warm for myself or a friend!

I love your patterns... teabird on Ravelry.

K said...

Many happy returns of the day! The days are getting brighter, but I agree that January is a brutal month in so many ways. Keep knitting in that beautiful shade of Karin's yarn. That should help time to fly away.

Kristina

Chaitanya said...

Happy birthday! My favorite thing about January is the beginning of a new year and the promise of a fresh start.

I'm beginswithaC on Ravelry.

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about January is that every day sun gets a few minutes longer. MarciaKoenig1

Lucia Rooks said...

Happy Birthday! Love your designs and the garnet yarn looks scrumptious! One thing I love about January is blue sky/sunny days contrasting against newly fallen snow, just gorgeous :)
knittylucia on Ravelry

DianaC (also dianac on rav) said...

Happy birthday and thanks for the pattern discount!

January is not my favorite month, but I love that the days are starting to get a little longer - every little bit helps.

Bonnie said...

Happy Birthday to you! My sister will be the recipient of this delectable prize because she's my personal knitter where I'm her personal sewer. Hey, we all have our talents and I'll admit mine does not lie in knitting.

Liz said...

Happy Birthday to you, Bonnie! I hope that the year ahead is a sweet one.

What I love about January is that, despite the cold, the days are often crisp and sunny. And we get those few seconds more of light every day. We're getting there.

I'm roamingradish on Ravelry. Thanks for the generous giveaway. I hope Snickers is treating you especially well for your birthday.

knitterbeader said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie!! I love your designs - knitted two of the Shallows scarves for Christmas gifts. These were my first attempts at beading, and I loved the results.
My favorite things about January are sitting back and enjoying the "no-pressure" of my knitting, the days are considerably cooler here in Arizona (60's & 70's), and getting a little bit organized around here! Also, our orange, lemon and lime trees are giving us some wonderful fruit!!!!
My Ravelry name is knitterbeader

Andi said...

Happiest of birthdays to you, Bonnie!
What a wonderful month to be born in. Like you I think January is so fresh and new. It is a month where it feels all things wonderful can happen.
In addition, while the holidays are great, they are over and it is an easier month to organize your life from all the chaos.

mj said...

January is a great month. It's the month my husband and my gorgeous, talented daughter were born.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Happy birthday, Bonnie.
January to me is the beginning of a new year to do away with all the old habits and start some new exciting habits.

denisechang on Ravelry said...

Getting back to more leisurely knitting (no Christmas deadline).

Jantine Urban said...

Happy birthday! What I really like about January is knowing the days are getting longer again!

Jackie said...

January birthdays are the best ;)

Mary said...

Happy birthday! January is a wonderful month. My favorite thing about this month is that my eldest child and daughter was born in January in Augsburg, Germany 29 years ago. Thank you for sharing your birthday with us in such a generous way. Mazibet on Ravelry.

Kathy Radic said...

Hi Bonnie. Happy Birthday. I think January is a great month. It is always a time for me to get organized and set goals for the new year. It is also a great month for knitting, especially getting those WIP's done. My daughter's birthday is on the 15th and she and her family are coming home for a nice family get together, so it will be extra nice. Thanks for the chance to win. My Ravelry name is kattyradie.

Cyndi said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! January isn't my favorite month but I do enjoy fires in the fireplace with self indulgent knitting and the added minutes light at the end of each day
cynshep on ravelry

kristen said...

I love January! I love the cold drearyness theres something special about it. I live in Mass also, and we have had plenty of cold and dreary lately :)
kmb34me on Rav

Monin said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
And thank you for this present!!!
I like January since i was a child. In Argentina is summer and holiday time. Now i'm in Switzerland and we also have a little holiday on january but now in winter. Anyway, january is holiday and family for me.
PS: I'm in Ravelry als "Monin"

Monin said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT BIRTHDAYS PRESENT!!
January is for me "holiday" and "family". As i was a child in Argentina we have our summer holidays. And now in Switzerland we have some winterholidays too!! And that is for me "family time"

PS: I', "Monin" in Ravelry

Mara Zeltina said...

Happy birthday! I love January because the pressure is off! No gifts to finish, no massive social calendar to keep. Maragold on ravelry.

BethL in MD said...

I love January because 10 years ago this January 1st I married my wonderful husband that tolerates and encourages my love of yarn and knitting!!

Be said...

Happy Birthday to you! I hope you had an enjoyable day.

What do I love about January? Well, all the nifty folks I know born this month, be they Capricorns or Aquarians (like myself). I also think that our birthstone is the prettiest, and not just because it goes so well with my complexion.

Then there's the increased daylight time. Already, this is noticeable in my neck of the woods. I believe that we've gained something like 1/2 an hour of light since the solstice? The sun will give me the gift of nearly an hour more of its presence on my Birthday, the 31st.

Again, best wishes!

janine said...

I like January. The rush of holiday knitting is over and the year is beginning with endless possibilities. my rav name is janineny2001

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! I hope it was a good one!! January is like a rebirth...new beginnings each year.
Txtaurus on ravelry

Jane said...

Happy Birthday! After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I love the peace of January. The winter sunsets are generally vivid in color and a gorgeous contrast to the monochromatic winter. Thanks for a chance to win.

Rav name,
Prairiepoet

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!
January is a special month in our family as my older son & older daughter were born in January as well as my husband, his mother & 2 of his sisters...WOW! I know! So we often have a BIG get together to celebrate all the special people of January. It also gives me a chance to catch up on after Christmas knitting to give birthday gifts this month.
Sue. pickupsticks66 on Ravelry

Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! What I love about January, even though it is -40 here today where I live, is that I spend more time inside being cozy and knitting, and I get to wear all my hand knits! Thanks for the coupon code, and for the chance to win the lovely yarn and one of your beautiful project bags. :) I will make sure and buy a pattern, but I will have to make it after I finish my Pomegranate for the BP Selfish KAL first!

Julie said...

Love the birthday giveaway!! January is the best time to finally wear all of the projects I have worked on throughout the year and really need to wear them.

Sheila said...

I'm not really crazy about January. It tends to be dark and gloomy here in Oregon. The one good thing I can say about January is that the days are getting longer. Not quickly enough to suit me, but at least they are.

Shelda said...

Hope you're having a great birthday, Bonnie! Seems like the gifts are all for us.

I really love the self-reflection that seems to happen every January, thinking through the old year, making plans foe the new. And I love the light in January: that cold shimmery "winterness" of it all. And the fact that the days are already getting lighter for longer. I noticed this morning how much lighter it was than a week ago. There's still a lot of cold to come, but the wheel will turn...

Aimee said...

I like January because I know the holidays are over and spring is just arond he corner.

Novamidwife said...

Happy Birthday!

January is when the snow starts and since we live in the San Francisco Bay Area we get to opt in to the snow by driving to Tahoe. It's always a shlep but my son loves to ski more than life itself and starts counting the days till slope-time in August. January reminds me to plant the seeds that will bear fruit in the summer.

Judi said...

Happy Birthday to you!
I love January because it is a fresh start to a new year. And the cold winter weather is a good excuse for lots of knitting and reading.

joyceetta said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!
I live in Iowa and January can be a challenging month. I have learned over the years to use the month to hibernate and do some sorting and clearing of my "stuff". I also use the time indoors to do an assessment of my life and again, sorting and clearing. And, of course, I spend even more time knitting!
Rav: joyceetta

Anonymous said...

I love January because to me it signifies a fresh start....fresh white snow or depending where you live, rain to wash away the old and bring in the new. It's a time of rest and contemplation of what is to come.

Best wishes in the New Year Bonnie and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Bordergirl

Susan M said...

Happy birthday!!! I love sitting in front of the fireplace knitting...

ikkinlala said...

Happy birthday! My favourite thing about January is the longer days - it's so nice not coming home in the dark.